Viet Nam: TA 7924-VIE Second GMS Southern Coastal Corridor Project (Additional Financing)

Sovereign Project | 41496-012

Summary

The Second Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS) Southern Coastal Corridor Project (Second GMS-SCCP) is proposed to complement the first project approved in 2007 and will construct sections of this GMS road corridor in Kien Giang province in the southern coastal area of Viet Nam. The project preparatory technical assistance (PPTA) to prepare the first project identified 51.5 kilometers (km) of roads in Cambodia and 218.0 km of roads in Viet Nam to be improved along the southern coastal corridor (SCC). As part of the first project, ADB approved a cofinanced loan and grant to the Government of Viet Nam under which ADB provided a $75 million ADF loan, the Government of Australia a $25 million grant, and the Government of Korea, a $50 million loan to improve approximately 96 km (of the previously indentified 218.0 km), including improvement of cross-border facilities between Viet Nam and Cambodia, and an HIV/AIDS and human trafficking awareness and prevention program.

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Project Name TA 7924-VIE Second GMS Southern Coastal Corridor Project (Additional Financing)
Project Number 41496-012
Country Viet Nam
Project Status Closed
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Technical Assistance
Source of Funding / Amount
TA 7924-VIE: Second Greater Mekong Subregion Southern Coastal Corridor (Additional Financing)
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$ 1.00 million
Strategic Agendas Inclusive economic growth
Regional integration
Drivers of Change
Sector / Subsector

Transport - Road transport (non-urban)

Gender Equity and Mainstreaming Some gender elements
Description

The Second Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS) Southern Coastal Corridor Project (Second GMS-SCCP) is proposed to complement the first project approved in 2007 and will construct sections of this GMS road corridor in Kien Giang province in the southern coastal area of Viet Nam. The project preparatory technical assistance (PPTA) to prepare the first project identified 51.5 kilometers (km) of roads in Cambodia and 218.0 km of roads in Viet Nam to be improved along the southern coastal corridor (SCC). As part of the first project, ADB approved a cofinanced loan and grant to the Government of Viet Nam under which ADB provided a $75 million ADF loan, the Government of Australia a $25 million grant, and the Government of Korea, a $50 million loan to improve approximately 96 km (of the previously indentified 218.0 km), including improvement of cross-border facilities between Viet Nam and Cambodia, and an HIV/AIDS and human trafficking awareness and prevention program.

The proposed Second GMS-SCCP will (i) construct approximately 84 km (between Ha Tien to Rach Gia) of the remaining sections of QL80 route in Viet Nam; and (ii) upgrade Ha Tien cross border facilities and streamline border crossing procedures. In tune with one of the strategic thrusts of the GMS Strategic Framework (2012-2022), the proposed Second GMS-SCCP is a necessary precondition for promoting broader economic corridor development. Also, the project will facilitate Viet Nam's plans for implementing ASEAN Single Window mechanism by 2015. In addition, the project will target mainstreaming gender imbalances, preventing human trafficking and HIV/AIDS, mitigating/adapting to climate change impacts, strengthening institutional capacity, and facilitating regional cooperation between Cambodia and Viet Nam.

During the intervening four years since the preparation of the first project in 2007 there has been considerable economic growth and rapid urbanization along the Ha Tien to Rach Gia route in Kien Giang Province. This has resulted in significant increases in (i) traffic congestion; (ii) traffic accidents; and (iii) environmental degradation due to the overcrowding along both sides of the existing narrow 2-lane road. The associated cost of resettlement and climate change mitigation will be high if the existing road alignment is followed. Due to these reasons and also taking into account the Government's expressway development master plan which identifies Ha Tien -- Bac Lieu (parallel to SCC) as one of the future expressway projects, a new PPTA is required to study alternative road alignment options.

Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy

The SCC is one of three main subcorridors of the Southern Economic Corridor (SEC), and one of 11 flagship programs endorsed by the First GMS Summit in Cambodia in November 2002. The other two SEC subcorridors are: the Central Subcorridor and the Northern Subcorridor. The upgrading of these three subcorridors will significantly improve subregional economic cooperation among Cambodia, Lao People's Democratic Republic, Thailand, and Viet Nam. Most of the sections of the SCC within Thailand and Cambodia are complete or under construction, and with the implementation of the Second GMS-SCCP, the improvement of the SCC will largely be complete from Bangkok to Ca Mau. These efforts, when fully implemented, will significantly improve subregional economic cooperation and trade, boost economic growth in the project area, provide jobs for the local population, and improve access to social services.

The proposed project supports the Government's development objective to improve transport connections with neighboring Cambodia, and is listed as priority project in the Official Development Assistance (ODA) program of Viet Nam. It is also included in ADB's country partnership strategy (CPS) with Viet Nam, the GMS regional cooperation strategy, and the transport sector assessment, strategy and roadmap for Viet Nam. Lessons from the first project as well as other road projects in Viet Nam have been considered in formulating the project concept.

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During Project Design

Project stakeholders include local government authorities and provincial people's committee in Kien Giang province, local population, businesses, road users and transporters.

During the feasibility study of the first project, consultations were held with relevant stakeholders including the communities affected by the road. The community perspective, in terms of positive and negative impacts, was discussed. The community felt that roads to market and school would be more accessible because of the project. Less vehicle damage was considered an important benefit because of the improved road. Road safety was noted as a serious concern of local residents.

During Project Implementation During the proposed PPTA consultations will be conducted with key stakeholders, community-based organizations (CBOs), and communities in the project areas regarding resettlement, environment, risks of HIV/AIDS and human trafficking. The mode of consultations will be through workshop meetings (key stakeholders and CBOs) as well as public meetings and focus group discussions (local communities).
Business Opportunities
Consulting Services The PPTA will require services of international firm with about 11 person-months of international and about 19 person-months of national consulting services. The PPTA consultant will be selected through a quality- and cost-based method with biodata technical proposal.
Responsible ADB Officer Rustam Ishenaliev
Responsible ADB Department Southeast Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division Transport and Communications Division, SERD
Executing Agencies
Ministry of Transport80 Tran Hung Dao
Ha Noi, Viet Nam
Timetable
Concept Clearance 25 Nov 2011
Fact Finding -
MRM -
Approval 09 Nov 2011
Last Review Mission -
Last PDS Update 01 Apr 2014

TA 7924-VIE

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
09 Nov 2011 06 Feb 2012 06 Feb 2012 30 Jun 2012 31 Dec 2013 -
Financing Plan/TA Utilization Cumulative Disbursements
ADB Cofinancing Counterpart Total Date Amount
Gov Beneficiaries Project Sponsor Others
1,000,000.00 0.00 200,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 1,200,000.00 09 Nov 2011 1,000,000.00

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